Tuxradar has asked another intriguing question this week: Is it time to start trusting Microsoft? This was spurred by the news that Microsoft has contributed a lot of code to Linux 3.0. They’ve been trying to get their hypervisor drivers into the kernel for quite a while, but faced various challenges of their own making.
Hardly anyone trusts Microsoft. After years of dirty back room deals and threats to keep Linux off store-bought computers, accusing the Linux community of being communists, calling Linux a cancer, and even undercutting its own bottom-line to knock Linux off netbooks, no one is ready to jump on the Microsoft bandwagon. Even after they tried to kiss and make up to Open Source, it was an obviously transparent move to better their position on interoperability.